Common Interview Questions


What is a Common Interview?

Common interview questions, irrespective of the technical / non- technical subject generally asked in interviews. The common questions would be about yourself , academics related questions, career goals and paths, challenges at work, strengths and weakness, work history, about personal life, about your work experience, biggest accomplishments, salary requirements, about company, and more.


Apart from verifying technical skills, interviewers also verify a candidate's behavioral skills, attitude, strengths, weaknesses, goals and accomplishments, motivational skills, ability to handle work stress and pressure and more. By practicing several sample questions and answers you will understand what kind of questions are asked in interviews, the answers would help you understand what is the motive of interviewer behind the question and when your turn comes answer with more confidence.


We have a large collection of sample questions on 'Common Interview' that are frequently asked in many interviews for your practice.


Q:

Tell us about a time when you missed a significant deadline

Answer

Tell us about a time when you missed a deadline.


(or)


Let's discuss a time when you missed a significant deadline.


If you answer something like "You never missed a deadline". Most interviewers will immediately conclude you are not experienced and may also feel you are lying. 


Approach - It is absolutely necessary to accept that you have missed a deadline and give reasons how you resolved and what you learned from it. This will demonstrate your experience.


You could say in one of the first projects earlier in your career you missed an important deadline and made the boss very upset. It was a great learning experience and after doing some introspection, you realized, you could have done better planning, prioritization and communication. Now, you use special tools, processes and methods to address these issues. Now your team, colleagues and management are always up to date so no surprises arise on meeting deadlines. 


Below are few things you may emphasize on in your response...


Effective planning


Procedural Improvements


Better Prioritization


Open communication


Better Status reporting

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Q:

When Were You Most Satisfied in Your Job?

Answer

The interviewer wants to know what motivates you. If you can relate an example of a job or project when you were excited, the interviewer will get an idea of your preferences.


Eg: "I was very satisfied in my last job, because I worked directly with the customers and their problems; that is an important part of the job for me."

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Q:

Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a co-worker who wasn't doing his/her fair share of the work. What did you do and what was the outcome?

Answer

I worked closely with Shilpa who, for the most part, always carried her fair share of the work load. During a stressful time, working on a project with a deadline, I realized Shilpa's contributions to the project were almost minimal. I made the decision to wait until after the project to speak with her. I'm glad I did, because I learned she'd been going through a very tough time in her personal life and she appreciated my willingness to go the extra mile so the project was completed on time. As a result, our ability to work well together significantly increased.

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Q:

Rate Yourself 1-10?

Answer

I think its 8 because even if i have strength i still have weaknesess.

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Q:

Why should we hire you?

Answer

Purpose -
This question typically is asked by the interviewer to understand if you have the skills and experience for the job.

Approach -
The primary focus of your answer should be to match your qualifications, certifications, experience and skills with their job needs. Mention key strengths and give examples that connect with the company and the job requirements.

Pre-work -
You should do detail research on the company and job posting to effectively answer this question.

This is a very common interview question be prepared to answer it.

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